Commenting on the appointment of Michael Gove as Housing Secretary, Richard Simpson, Chief Executive of Watkin Jones Group, said:

"The new Housing Secretary faces a busy in-tray but relieving pressure on renters from the sharply growing supply and demand gap in the rental market must be a priority. Building more great quality homes for rent is the only way forward and will bring enormous benefits, including helping first time buyers save for a deposit. Build to rent is growing fast but could do significantly more with effective planning reform and active support for what remains a new and developing sector."

Richard Simpson Chief Executive of Watkin Jones Group